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Boris Johnson takes himself out of the race for Tory leader

Former mayor of London, Boris Johnson announces that he will not be running for Conservative Party leader at a press conference in London. - AFP

Former mayor of London, Boris Johnson announces that he will not be running for Conservative Party leader at a press conference in London. - AFP

30/06/2016 16:58

Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, on Thursday ruled himself out of the running to be Britain’s next prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party.

During a speech which many had tipped to be his campaign launch, Johnson, who was a key leader in the ‘Brexit’ campaign, said that he didn’t believe that he could provide the leadership or unity needed in Britain.

Listen to the report by Georgia Gogarty:

Following current Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to step down after Britain sensationally voted to leave the European Union in a referendum last week, the competition for the next Conservative Party Leader is now under way after nominations closed at noon today.

Former mayor of London Boris Johnson, today took himself out of the race to be the next prime minister saying that  after much thought and consultation, he was not the right man for the job.

Johnson did express however that his role would be to give every possible support to the next conservative administration.

Candidates include Home Secretary Theresa May, Justice Secretary Michael Gove, Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb and former Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

Johnson’s unexpected announcement that he will not stand for Conservative leader has dramatically altered the race for the next British Prime Minster. 


(Georgia Gogarty)
30/06/2016 16:58